The Network's Three Pillars


The Network's Three Pillars


Since our humble yet ambitious beginnings, the Broker Network family tree has flourished. We are committed to working closely with our Members to ensure that our products and services are aligned with their business needs.

Today our primary focus is centered around Members, Products and Partners, which enables the Network to offer the best of the best in each of these key areas.


Our mission is to help Grow, Protect and Support independent, community-based brokers. We’re devoted to our Members and truly believe in providing that personal touch, getting to grips with the nuts and bolts of your business so that we can understand exactly what makes it tick.

Because we’ve been there, we understand what being a broker is all about – so we can find the right membership level to match your company’s particular needs.


Broker Network Partners offers a unique investment opportunity from a centre of excellence. Our strategy is to create a series of regional broking centres across the UK, several of which will, in turn acquire their own ‘satellite’ brokerages. In turn, you can benefit from the Network’s expertise, solid reputation and sound industry knowledge.


We understand that for brokers, gaining access to competitive cover can make or break your business.

A strong products proposition offering an extensive choice of Member-exclusive, non-transferable deals has been a top priority of the Network ever since our renowned Countrywide proposition was launched back in 1994; since then our Broker Network Products pillar has been further developed to fortify our position as a world class product provider.

Member Quote

Without Broker Network taking both the time and considerable trouble to make us step back, take a dispassionate look at our business and take the decisions necessary, then our growth plan would not have been possible.

Nicholas Martin Guy Penn

The Team

"Supported by a team of over 150"

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The team

Des O’Connor Group CEO

WORK: I’m proud to be at the helm of a dedicated and highly skilled team that make Broker Network the envy of the marketplace. For my part, I am passionately committed to delivering our strategy built upon the three pillars; Members, Partners and Products. Product development, stronger relationships with our Partner Insurers and continuing enhancements to our service proposition are areas we will always focus on, to ensure the growth and protection of Members’ and Partners’ business.

LOVES: When I’m not spending quality time with my lovely wife and four girls, I like to stay active – whether it’s coaching kids in our local Gaelic Football club, going to the gym, or in an effort to stay young, pursuing my passion for boxing both inside and outside of the ring.  When it all gets too crazy I disappear to the West of Ireland for some peace and quiet…

Jaime Swindle Managing Director of Networks and Products

Simon Drew Chief Financial Officer

WORK: Chief bean counter and guardian of the calculator, supporting my fellow colleagues by looking after the numbers both rear view looking and more importantly forward looking. I am the goalkeeper of the team, or the drummer, depending on your view.

LOVES: Travel, any music heavier than Queen, cycling, running, golf and sailing… oh and Mrs Drew!

Susan Adcock Group COO

WORK: The fast-paced nature of the business and the challenges that arise each day make it easy to get up in the morning! I am passionate about providing new opportunities for our members and helping them to achieve their long-term goals.

LOVES: high heels, going to the gym, chocolate and road biking!

Richard Tuplin Chief Development Officer

I’m excited to have joined such a progressive and expanding business which has a strong federation of brands and management teams. My objective is to work with you and your teams to deliver your commercial plans, and make each of our Partners a powerhouse in the UK Retail Broking sector.


After my commitments as a husband, I try to keep in shape by walking the dog with Mrs Tuplin, or heading to the gym or boxing ring. I’m also a frustrated fair weather golfer.

Beth Ash Group Communications Director

WORK: No two days are the same! Whether it’s arranging interviews with the press, streaming live to our Members or bringing our internal culture to life it’s the variety that gets me up in the morning.

LOVES: Exotic holidays and country walks with my husband, handbags, and my two cats Leni and Flo.

Clare Wakeford Group HR Director

Jane Bean Chief Risk Officer

Jane Bean has previously held senior management roles and director positions, as well as operating at Board level, with businesses including UK General Insurance Limited and  Bluefin Insurance Group. She brings with her extensive experience of designing and establishing effective risk and compliance frameworks, as well as overseeing major regulatory transformation programmes.

From our CEO

A winning strategy, a great team, a special culture, and importantly positive momentum. Broker Network continues to be the envy of the broker and distribution marketplace.

Des O'Connor Broker Network CEO

Careers at
Broker Network

Working for the UK’s largest Network is an exciting and rewarding journey with plenty of opportunities to progress.

If you’re ready for your next challenge and you’d like to explore what the Network can do for your career, get in touch:

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